A new menu from Applebee’s restaurant is seen at one of its outlet in the Manhattan borough of New York City

This evening, I will be pouring extra salt on my dinner salad.

Just because…

Via CNS News:

New York City begins a new era in nutritional warnings this week, when chain restaurants will have to start putting a special symbol on highly salty dishes.

The first-of-its-kind rule, which takes effect Tuesday, will require a salt-shaker emblem on some sandwiches, salads and other menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams — about a teaspoon — of sodium.

It’s the latest in a series of novel nutritional moves by the nation’s biggest city, and it comes as health advocates, federal regulators and some in the food industry are trying to get Americans to cut down on salt. Experts say most Americans consume too much salt, raising their risks of high blood pressure and heart problems. But the plan faces opposition and a potential court challenge from restaurant groups and salt producers, who say the city is going overboard….

“The people of New York City should fight against an over-reaching government bureaucracy” that’s acting on misimpressions about the risks of salt, Salt Institute trade group President Lori Roman said Monday….

While eateries are expected to comply as of Tuesday, the city won’t start collecting $200 fines until March 1….

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  1. Maynard says:

    The more the government controls healthcare, the more the government must control individuals. What used to be a personal vice now becomes an abuse of public resources. If you don’t eat what you’re told, you’re taking advantage of the system, kind of like a long-term able-bodied welfare recipient or a pay-for-play Clinton Foundation donor, except without the political favor.

  2. Alain41 says:

    There are questions as to whether salt limit is appropriate. Eg, if your blood pressure is fine, then your salt intake is fine. Focus on blood pressure to see if you should reduce salt intake.

    2013 Food Navigator article, informs that UK salt input was the lowest European salt intake at just over 8 grams/day of salt (3,200 mg Sodium). Turkey was working to reduce its salt intake from 18 grams/day (7,700 mg Sodium). Usually, the leaner you are, the better your blood pressure. Europeans smoke, in part, to be lean. Take up smoking to eat salt and reduce blood pressure. I’ll pitch that to Bloomberg. (sarc off) (My mother smoked and had very low blood pressure. Doctor kept telling her to eat more bacon.)


  3. Alain41 says:

    In other NY news; New rules for spousal maintenance payments upon divorce take effect in New York in January. Rules are really an economic elite issue, could be a total reduction of $1 million if married for 15 years and over $750,000 income. I don’t weep for Park Avenue wives BUT why rule change in the first place? With all of NY’s problems and corrupt politics, this is a law that’s being changed? Seems hypocritical of Dems who constantly shriek War on Women. So a woman who decides to bet on keeping her marriage together and not rush to get divorce could find herself on the sidewalk in Feb. with greatly reduced payments? Again, law change won’t affect the average person, but smells like a cheap change for ill-reason.


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